Presented by Lesbian Looks

Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart


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When Lorraine Hansberry’s now classic A Raisin in the Sun premiered on Broadway in 1959 (the first play by a Black woman to do so) actress Ruby Dee recalls marveling how it “opened a new chapter in theater, that included Black people.” While most may know the widely studied and performed A Raisin in the Sun as their only reference point for Hansberry, the documentary Lorraine Hansberry: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart makes abundantly clear that there is much more to know about the author.

“All facets of Lorraine Hansberry’s public life, private romances and early death are on view in this beguiling, illuminating and perfectly assembled documentary.” Dwight Brown, The Huffington Post

The filmmakers combed archives worldwide and had unprecedented access to Hansberry’s personal papers, archives, home movies and photos in order to present her complex life. Like her writing and activism, the film draws attention to some of the most outstanding issues of the mid-Twentieth Century and beyond (racial justice, colonialism, feminism, class divisions, sexuality) and addresses the role of artists and intellectuals in bringing them to center stage. (Dir. by Tracy Heather Strain, 2017, USA, 90 mins.,  Not Rated)

This is a rental of The Loft Cinema, presented by Lesbian Looks.